Man Shoots Mother Bear For Stealing Dog Food
No church in the wild….
A California man is claiming self-defense in the shooting death of a mother bear who he says he caught stealing dog food from his camper to feed her cubs.
California Department of Fish and Game wardens are investigating a man who was seen Wednesday with two black bear cubs in a cage outside of a North San Juan, Calif., gas station, allegedly trying to sell them after he shot the cubs’ mother.
Drivers who passed by the Sierra Super Stop, about 75 miles northeast of Sacramento, reported the man to state officials. The man, identified as Chris Puett, denied allegations he was asking for money for the cubs, insisting he only wanted to find them a good home after he shot their mother on his property days before, according to local reports.
Puett said the mother bear stole dog food from outside of his trailer home in rural Nevada County on four consecutive nights.
“She comes in to get that bag, and I yell at her and instead of leaving like she had done every time in the past, she’s coming right at me,” Puett told NBC affiliate KCRA in Sacramento, Calif., adding the bear was within feet of him before she made a move toward him. “We were only 20 feet away [from each other] when it started.”
Puett, who KCRA reported is known locally as the Cat Man because he keeps dozens of animals, said the mother bear charged him, so he shot her with his shotgun. She then left his property, injured, Puett said, and he assumed she eventually died.
We’re sure PETA is on THEE way.